Blow to Nairobi nightlife as court orders closure of top social joints
A nairobi court has dealt a blow to Nairobi's nightlife as it compelled the National Environment Management (Nema) to shut down Kiza, B Club, Space Lounge and Explorers Tavern. This came as a result of residents of successfully sued the four popular entertainment joints in the city’s upmarket area of Kilimani for alleged violation of their right to a clean and healthy environment.
The order was made by Justice Loise Komingoi of the Environment and Lands Court after Kilimani residents sued the four clubs for alleged violation of their right to a clean and healthy environment.
“A mandatory injunction is hereby issued against the 8th respondent (Nairobi County) compelling it to revoke all liquor licenses issued to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th respondents,” read the judgement in part.
However, the judge declined to grant orders to permanently restrain the clubs from carrying on their business as they already have the necessary licenses duly issued by the relevant authorities. He said they are operating the businesses due to the licenses issued, although unlawfully.
In their suit, Kilimani Project Foundation claimed that the night clubs operators “play loud music daily and host rowdy drunken revelers thereby depriving them of sleep and security.”